Indian Student Organization hosting a Diwali Celebration.

Indian Student Organization (ISO) Hosts Diwali Celebrations at MCPHS–Worcester

  • At Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), there are a variety of extracurricular activities that empower students to get involved outside of the classroom and enhance their educations, including cultural celebrations.

    On Saturday, November 4, the Indian Student Organization (ISO) on the Worcester campus came together to host Diwali celebrations. The event was attended by students, faculty, and staff from several academic programs.

    The master of ceremony, Akshay Patil DO ‘19, had the attendees mesmerized with entertaining stories about Indian culture and traditions. In addition to delicious traditional food, guests were treated to a trio of Indian dancers and later in the evening, a Bollywood number. The event also included a fashion show featuring several gorgeous silk saris, the traditional dress of Indian women.

    Diwali is a five-day, festival of lights celebration. It signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Traditionally, lights and oil lamps are lit on the streets and in houses, people feast with relatives and fireworks light up the celebrations. It is celebrated by most Indians regardless of their faith.

    The Indian Student Organization at MCPHS is a student run cultural and social organization that celebrates and shares the traditions and meaning behind Indian culture with students, faculty, and staff at MCPHS. In addition to hosting a Diwali celebration in the fall semester, the group also hosts Holi celebrations in the spring semester. The executive board of the ISO is Herman Nijjar DO ’19 (President), Prajakta Ambegaokar, MS Pharmacology ’18 (Vice President), Abby Small DO ’19 (Secretary), and Reshma Thomas DO ’19 (Treasurer). Dr. Mahesh Shivanna of the School of Optometry serves as faculty advisor to the group.

    At MCPHS, students get involved in countless clubs and organizations, intramural sports, campus cultural events, and more. Discover campus life at MCPHS.